More than 2,000 people received services or attended a class on entrepreneurial opportunities, financial literacy, hospitality, and more this summer at the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center.

That was just one of the items reported by DCHA employees while they attended this month’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s EnVision Center Showcase. The center in Southwest also is known as one of the Secretary Ben Carson’s EnVision Centers.

“Whether it was the second annual career fair, our Summer of Safety Initiative kick-off event, or classes that will lead to solid financial decisions and future employment, our Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center caters to our customers’ and our neighbors’ needs,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “DCHA’s center was the perfect choice to be used as an example to help other housing authorities develop their programming for similar centers around the country.”

The career fair served as an exclusive opportunity for EnVision Center clients to network with employers. The other large event hosted at the EnVision Center this quarter was DCHA’s Summer Safety event, a collaboration between the EnVision Center and the Office of Public Safety. It included a job fair, resource fair, mingling with first responders, a barbecue, and a baseball game. The center also hosted information sessions with Generation and DSLBD for those interested in hospitality and entrepreneurship respectively. A financial literacy workshop, Sherwin Williams’ painting class, and sessions to assist residents applying for positions in the HVAC and elevator unions also took place.

On September 27th, the EnVision Center’s largest training event of the year will take place, focusing on entrepreneurship. It will feature a panel of successful entrepreneurs in the morning and stations with information and activities to help future entrepreneurs move their ideas forward in the afternoon. A Section 3 partner, Thinkbox, will offer a series of workshops leading up to this event.

Additional Section 3 partners, also known as DCHA contractors, are hosting events this fall, including a job fair for the Modified Apprenticeship Training Program participants. The University of the District of Columbia’s classes at the center will begin, Sherwin Williams will host a job fair, and additional financial literacy workshops will be available.

Prior to presenting at the EnVision Center Showcase, HUD staff members came to tour the center and interviewed staff, service providers, and customers to learn more about how DCHA provides opportunities to the community.


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